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City of Palo Alto Utilities Offers New Green-e Climate Certified Natural Gas Offset Program to Residential and Commercial Customers

CPAU launches PaloAltoGreen Gas, a first of its kind Green-e Climate certified gas offset program
Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, January 12, 2015 /3BL Media/ — Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) today announced that City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has launched PaloAltoGreen Gas, a gas offset program that pairs Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets with customers’ natural gas use. PaloAltoGreen Gas is the first Green-e Climate certified gas offset program offered by a municipal-level utility, and the first-ever certified gas offset program offered to residential customers.

Internet of Things: New Site Launches

Green Builder Media launches a new site addressing Internet of Things technology and news.
Press Release

January 12, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Green Builder Media announces the launch of a new Internet of Things site. The Internet of Things refers to the way that machines and computers now interact, both with each other, and with humans. This synchronization promises to change the way our homes, cars and communications work.

Living Off-Grid in the Winter

Blog

It should not have come as a shock. After all, we had been contending with a series of fall storms for a few weeks already, in our attempts to secure the compound for the upcoming winter months—a time when the snow would be measured in feet, and the roads would be closed until next spring. Some of the trips to and from the job site had already become “white knucklers,” as we charged into the drifts and hoped that by sticking together everyone could avoid needing a tow.

Are LEDs Bad For Your Health?

LEDside Chat
Press Release

December 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ -'In this series of “LEDside Chats” we will answer the question: Are LEDs bad for your health?

In looking at answers to this question it becomes evident that some LEDs are, and some are not. In order to understand why this is true, it’s important to look at eye physiology and how we can achieve, experience and maintain perfect vision.

To start, let’s take a quick look at how your eye works.

Green Builder Media Announces Winners of the 7th Annual Home of the Year Awards

Green Builder® Magazine honors sustainable building project award winners for 2014
Press Release

SEATTLE, Wash., December 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Green Builder Media, recently announced the winners of its 7th Annual Green Builder Home of the Year Awards. A total of nine projects were selected to represent this year’s best green projects chosen by judges in a completely online process.

Nestlé, JLL, Novelis Inc., and Levi Strauss & Co Join 223 Companies in Supporting EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Business Support from Wide-Ranging Industries in All Regions of the Country
Press Release

December 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Marking the end of the comment period on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, 223 companies today announced their support for EPA’s proposed carbon standard for electric power plants, including industry giants such as IKEA, Mars Inc., VF Corporation, and Nestlé. Their support was communicated in a letter sent to the EPA, the Obama Administration, and Senate and House majority and minority leaders. The letter was coordinated by the nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization, Ceres.

In Climate Talks, Spotlight Turns to India

U.S.-China deal on carbon emissions ramps up pressure on New Delhi to get more aggressive in moving away from coal.
Article
India's new prime minister, a Hindu nationalist and former tea seller, recently urged his country's schoolchildren to help save the planet by relishing the delight of a full moon.
 
"On a full moon night, if street lights are put off for two, three hours, will it not be service to the environment? Won't you enjoy the full moon night?" Narendra Modi said in September, adding: "We have forgotten to live with nature." He urged kids to switch off fans, lights, or appliances when not in use and turn off tap water when brushing teeth.
 

Webinar: How to Plan & Design your EHS Software Implementation

EMIS Implementation Lessons Learned
Article

How many times do you say “If I only knew then what I know now”? We see it all the time: companies wanting to throw out their EMIS software. It’s not performing, it’s not working, promises undelivered and requirements unmet. The software often takes the blame when in fact it’s the implementation process that doomed the deployment.

Leveraging Environment, Health and Safety Management to Drive Business Value

Exclusive E-Book from LNS Research
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Are you struggling to drive tangible EHS performance and business value? Do you feel that disparate point solutions, disconnected business processes, and a lack of timely information are undermining your EHS programs? Do you want to integrate EHS across the entire value chain and drive improvements in operations, risk and compliance management?

A Slew of Coal Plants Get New Lease on Life—With Gas

"Repowering" projects in New York and elsewhere are provoking battles.
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Old U.S. coal-fired power plants, the target of new anti-pollution rules, aren't necessarily shutting down. Many are getting a second life as they're "repowered" with natural gas.
 
Decisions to keep running these plants—which are often more than 40 years old—have sparked court battles in New York and are raising questions about how much should be done to retain legacy fossil-fuel facilities.
 

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